DOP Roger Deakins Horrified After Learning Denis Villeneuve Keeps ‘The Thin Red Line’ In His iPhone

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One of the most famous jokes that do the rounds of the internet now and then is that you can horrify filmmakers like Christopher Nolan or Martin Scorsese, who usually like to shoot on film and are all about the cinematic experience, by watching their movies on mobile devices. Well, apparently it’s not a joke. You can actually terrorise people in the film industry by playing a critically-acclaimed film on an iPhone.

I am pretty sure you’ve heard about Roger Deakins. He’s the cinematographer of movies like 1984, Fargo, Kundun, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, A Beautiful Mind, and more. You must’ve heard about the Denis Villeneuve who has directed films like Maelstrom, Polytechnique, Incendies, Enemy, Arrival, and is working on Dune. And the two have worked together in Prisoners, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049. They reunited over Deakins’s podcast and according to Indiewire then this happened,

“Roger made jokes about my iPhone. For people who don’t know. Roger was traumatized that I had ‘The Thin Red Line’ from Terrence Malick on my iPhone and Roger thought it was horrific. Me, I thought it was cool because I could take the movie with me. It’s not the same, but the thing is…I want to fight for the big screen, but a lot of my cinematic experiences have actually been on television.”

Villeneuve further added that,

“I discovered ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ on television, and I later realized I discovered ‘Blade Runner’ on television. I discovered a lot of movies that were massive influences [on me] on television, or, like most Ingmar Bergman films, I discovered on VHS. And still, through these movies, they had a massive impact. All that debate on the size of the screen…because I am a filmmaker and I just love films.”

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While agreeing with Villeneuve, Deakins said,

“I love the experience of being in a cinema with an audience but I think it feels more important that people see them. If in the future people are going to watch more movies on television, that’s fine. The films that I remember from my childhood are from watching them on TV and not the cinema experience.”

Awww, there there, Mr. Deakins. If cinemas don’t open again, we’ll try our best to maintain the essence of watching a movie by buying a TV with the widest screen or by buying a projector.

As for where I stand on the big screen versus small screen debate, well, it seriously depends on a lot of things. Like right now, with the pandemic going on, watching a movie on the big screen is impossible. However, I do miss the experience. But then again, I remember the audience which may or may not making your movie-watching experience a living hell. And after watching something like Greyhound on the small screen, I think that I will bear with the asshole-ry if it means watching such a brilliant movie in a surround sound theatre. So, ya, that. But I promise that if I ever get a chance to meet the Roger Deakins, I won’t tell him that I keep one of his movies in my smartphone. Or will I?

Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India


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